Football Rumours Archive December 16 2007
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West Bromwich news, Albion to sign a goalkeeper in January. muller of Barnsley and Richard wright are being monitord. also coming in will b nathan Dyer from cash strappd Southampton for around £3 million. callum Davenport will also sign for around £2 million. bids for lita n Zamora will b made bt may not b accepted. cesar permo deal alrdy agreed 1.5 mill
Everton will sign vogel from betis in January on a free, betis will let him go because he has not played a game so far this season for them as he has fallen out with the betis manager. the only other names worth metioning is that they will sign a right back, Moyes will put in a bid in for Eboue and justin Hoyte for £3.5 million each but the Blues will only sign 1 ov them. Everton will sell hibbert for 2–3 million, n Valente for £3.5 million–5 million and possibly Van der Meyde only if Moyes gets a offer ov £2 million or more
remember this name ( lil conner)
James Beattie will leave Sheff United in January, joining the Premier League's waste of space known as Middlesbrough for £5 million + Lee Cattermole. The Blades will replace him with the impressive Peterborough forward Aaron McLean for around 800 k.
After losing two on the bounce Burnley know that they need to strenthen if they want to make a serious play of push. Owen coyle will be given £5 million budget to spend between now and next Summer. the majority of spending will be done then but in January:
Riordan (750 k) not settled at Celtic
evans (loan) from United
Jonathan Hayes (loan) from leister with view to 250 k deal
nathan tyson and Kris comons for a combined fee of £2 million from Forest
mccan to Sunderland 1.5 mill
akinbiyi 250 k (will be transfer listed)
Jones (Crewe) 200 k
then in the Summer with a kitty of around 4/5 million. lafferty will be sold for anything over £4 million and with the large funds the club will bring in 8 or nine players to have a proper squad to push for promotion.
Seen a lot of daft rumours regarding Celtic in the last few days. Benny McCarthy or Robbie Keane, dream on. I am a Celtic fan, and I would love either of them, but you have got to be reasonable, both are proven Premier League goalscorers, and with the overinflated prices attached to the EPL they are way out of our spending range. Larssons return is also a little wide of the mark. He would never come back, too much to lose, as he is held in such high regard by the fanatical Celtic support. James McFadden, James McCarthy and perhaps Maloney coming back, those I can believe. Also Andreas Hinkel will be brought in as cover and competition for Lee Naylor. Expect the fee to be around £2 Million. Not a great move though, as the Sevilla full back is cup tied for European competition.
The Hammers to name Franco Baldini as their new technical director. At the end of the season Curbishley will be sacked as the new chairman has lost his patience with him and wants to push for a European spot. Due to the new technical director being Italian the top 3 candidates are:
1. Claudio Ranieri,
2. Marcelo Lippi (or could be assistant to Ranieri),
3. Roberto Mancini.
The only other we will have that is not iltalian is Slaven Bilic.
Why are all Rangers fans delusional? Nolan to Rangers? Rangers the big time I tell you what mate – speak to most Bolton fans – they will pay you to take Nolan never mind you paying us. While you're at it do you fancy Gavin McCann as well? Megson is looking at Zoltan Gera and is looking for a new centre back – Chris Morgan as he feels the centre mid position is dominated by hard–workers who lack skill and are too old – McCann and Speed for example. Andy O'Brien was missed against City and Megson has realised he needs to strengthen – after all, when it gets to the stage when you miss Andy O'Brien. Daniel Cousin, Luke Moore and Nathan Tyson are three of the forwards Megson is seriously looking at
Modric to Arsenal? Lol. Arsene will not pay those wages. Modric is a sure bet to go to Ajax, to date the only club to make an offer, and flush with cash from the Snejider sale. Arsenal instead will purchase Menez who will be a better fit for their system anyway. Man United will sign Jovetic and Lenny, the ink is dry already for both of them. Tottenham will buy Wes Brown from Man United.
RANGERS will not play Buffel because two more appearances mean a 250 k payout to his previous club, couple that with their exit from Champions League and it is clear no money will be spent in January contrary to what some fantasists are posting on this site. That is unless Man United buy Hutton for £8 million.
Rafa is not looking to reinforce his midfield as the likes of Alonso, Leiva, Sissoko, Mascherano all appeared steady to partner Stevie G in the middle of the park. Unless Momo reiterated his desire to play more first team football and the Reds could not broker a deal for Masch, they will need serious reinforcement in the likes of Elano and Hatem Ben Arfa. But as Momo and Masch are more holding midfielders, Rafa will take a look at Arsenal's Gilberto who will complement nicely with Stevie G.
Expect another Lyon player Karim Benzema to be in Rafa's list of attacker in January if he loses one of his attacker. He seems to suit the style of Torres and can play as lone forward or playing off the forward. Expects Hobbs to be loaned out to an EPL club for greater exposure, and Rafa signing an established centre back in the likes of Philip Mexes or Wes Brown on free transfer. Do not rule out Sylvain Distin who's a rock in Pompey now.
Juande Ramos has made a shortlist for possible signings for Tottenham. this list consists of Diego capel, julien escude, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Kim kallstrom, alou Diarra, micah Richards, daniel Alves, daniel jarque, nedum onouha, karim benzema, Fredi kanoute, Rio Mavuba, Diego, per mertesacker, Adriano (seville), Andres Guardado, igor akinfeev, Marco Amelia, maarten stekelenburg, guilermo ochoa – Ramos has been given £30 million to spend by Tottenham on a few of these shortlisted players. it's rumoured his favourites to sign are escude who is an experienced centre back who can operate at left back aswell, Diego capel who will take up the 'ginola' role on the left wing at the club, akinfeev who will be compete with Robinson for a spot in between the sticks (he is only 21 and is a full Russian international) and the last is one of either Van Der Vaart and kallstrom who will partner jenas in the centre of midfield to balance it out